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NATO reports 400 intercepts of Russian aircraft in 2014

Tallinn - NATO said Thursday there have been around 400 intercepts of Russian military flights near its member countries this year, amid heightened tension between Moscow and the West over the Ukraine crisis.

Teen kills teacher in Estonia's first school shooting

Tallinn - A 56-year-old female teacher was shot dead on Monday by a teenage male pupil in a high school in Estonia, the first case of its kind in the Baltic state.

Tensions spiral over Russia's detention of Estonian officer

Tallinn - Russia's arrest of an Estonian policeman has sparked fears that Moscow is using the incident to test NATO's resolve to defend its small Baltic allies as the crisis in eastern Ukraine rumbles on.

Old Soviet prison camp now place of leisure, fun

Rummu - Published only a few days ago via YouTube, a breathtaking five-minute video captures the striking images of a former forced labor camp in a state of decay and its transformation into a recreational beach.

Pope Francis the most influential world figure on Twitter

Geneva - Pope Francis has less than one-third the Twitter followers of President Obama, but what the Pontiff lacks in bare Twitter numbers, he more than makes up for when it comes to retweets.

Prince Harry and girlfriend Cressida Bonas split up

Prince Harry and girlfriend Cressida Bonas have split up. The two-year relationship may be over but royal watchers have noted the couple remain "best of friends."

EU court rules that data collection rules violate privacy rights

On Tuesday, a data communications collection requirement was struck down in the European Union and declared invalid, on the grounds that it infringed on basic privacy rights.

Former Putin adviser warns his ex-boss has desires on Finland

Stockholm - A former adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned the West is failing to understand Putin’s world view and that the ambitions of Russia’s head of state extend far beyond Crimea.

Estonia's Ansip ends record nine year stint as PM

Tallinn - Estonian Prime Minister Andrus Ansip tendered his resignation on Tuesday, ending a nine-year stint as the longest serving head of government in the European Union in a bid to boost his party's chances for re-election.The 57-year-old announced last mont...

Skype-type money swaps bad news for banks?

Tallinn - Irked by high bank fees on international money transfers, two Estonian IT whizzes who helped engineer Skype and Paypal have hatched Transferwise, a global Internet platform coordinating currency swaps between individuals."Hey, hidden fees.

Catch a fish, win a car at Estonian festival

- Saturday was ice fisher Meelis Parnamae's lucky day when his catch won him a car worth 15,000 euros ($20,000) at Estonia's annual Gold Fish Festival.Parnamae was among more than 4,000 people who headed to frozen Lake Viljandi in southern Estonia anglin...

Op-Ed: Update- Reporters Without Borders: U.S. ranks 46 in press freedom

Sydney - The freedom of the press is looking like a mere buzz phrase like never before, according to Reporters without Borders. The U.S., inventor of the idea of press freedom, now ranks an abysmal 46th regarding the freedom of its own press.

European Central Bank interest rate reduction from .50% to .25%

The European Central Bank cuts interest rate from 0.50 percent to 0.25 percent. The historically low rate shows E.C.B.’s intentions to save the Euro but may have quickened the abolishment the Euro instead.

Snowden disclosures: EU votes for in-depth inquiry on NSA spying

Strasbourg - The European Parliament adopted a resolution, Thursday July 4, giving the go-ahead for the Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee to conduct an in-depth inquiry into the US surveillance programs.

Britain's Laura Robson produces stunning fightback at Wimbledon

Wimbledon - Britain's number one tennis star Laura Robson produced a stunning fightback, from what appeared to be at one stage a quick and disappointing exit, to win her third round tennis clash against New Zealand's Marina Erakovic 1-6 7-5 6-3.

NATO study: US-Israeli cyberattack on Iran was 'act of force'

Tallin - A study commissioned by NATO has found that the 2009 US-Israeli cyberattack on Iran's nuclear program was "an act of force" that was likely a violation of international law.

Food: EU to relax rules on animal protein in animal feed

Lost amongst the Europe-wide furore concerning the discovery of horsemeat in processed foods, on February 14 the European Union quietly announced a partial lifting of the ban on animal proteins in feedstuffs.

Steer clear of GM crops, Greenpeace and US farmers warn EU

Global environmental campaigning group Greenpeace is urging the European Union not to authorise herbicide-tolerant genetically engineered (HTGE) crops, stating such crops lead to herbicide-resistant super-weeds.

PokerStars readying for repayment, relaunch of Full Tilt Poker

Online poker giant PokerStars is following through on its promise to repay customers of former competitor Full Tilt Poker, which was shut down in 2011 - leaving millions of players without access to their bankrolls.

Bad advertising: Buchenwald victims used for slimming pills ad

Tallin - In a case of really poor judgment, an Estonian newspaper published an ad for slimming pills, showing exhausted concentration camp torture victims to portray new, slim bodies.
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